Following the overall goals of the EU funded project “Preparation for Implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans – 2nd phase”, two day workshops on the topic “Strengthening partnership and networking” was held on 22-23 January 2015 in Banja Koviljaca, Serbia. This event was organized by SWG and FAO, through the FAO TCP: “Support to the implementation of integrated, innovative cooperation projects in the Western Balkan region – the Area Based Development Approach” for the grant beneficiaries and stakeholders in “Drina-Sava” and “Drina-Tara” cross-border regions.
SWG and FAO international expertise were used to conduct training and coaching activities for the grant beneficiaries and stakeholders in “Drina-Sava” and “Drina-Tara” cross-border regions to help establishment of sustainable and long-term partnerships for sustainable rural development. The workshop was a opportunity for exchange of experiences between grant beneficiaries – participants in business partnerships created for implementation of ABDA grant scheme. Selected representatives of ‘Prespa” and “Sharra” cross-border regions participated on the event, as well.
The training and coaching was conducted with a participatory approach, which was ensured by working group discussion. The discussion in working group was focused on the following topics:
- Developing partnership agreements and code of practice for grant beneficiaries projects “Drina-Tara” and “Drina-Sava” cross-border regions;
- Development of partnership strategies for grant beneficiaries projects “Drina-Tara” and “Drina-Sava” cross-border regions including designing a monitoring plan (health checks) for project partners for ensuring the sustainability of partnership and project.